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Challenging times for the International Criminal Court

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane The International Criminal Court (ICC) has faced a number of challenges of late: threats from officials of the United States government; questionable judicial decisions; imminent changes to its leadership. Coming off a year of 20th anniversary celebrations and commemorations in 2018, supporters of the Court have more recently been looking […]

Union of European Federalists Focuses on Elections

pdf available by Eric Rosenzweig Since its formation after WWII, the Union of European Federalists has been a front-line advocacy group for European cooperation and unity. Its 70-year history includes successful campaigns for the European Community, which ultimately led to the European Union (EU). This year, it is focusing on the recent European Parliament (EP) […]

ICC Update

pdf available The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants. Preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Following the preliminary examination, the request to open an […]

ICRtoP Update: Coalition events highlight gender and Responsibility to Protect

pdf available by Marijke Kremin Continuing its work to raise awareness around the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP, R2P) norm and atrocity prevention, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP) has taken steps to work across different UN agendas to demonstrate its interconnectedness. With linking the RtoP to different UN agendas, the ICRtoP capitalized […]

The Right to Peace: A Political Approach

pdf available Adapted from an address prepared by Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. for the University for Peace, Costa Rica, January 22, 2019 On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, Robert Muller and I wrote a book, Safe Passage Into the Twenty-first Century, in which we discussed the UN’s quest for peace, […]

In Memoriam: Takeshi Akune and John Sutter

pdf available Takeshi Akune Takeshi Akune, who served as Secretary General of the World Federalist Movement of Japan since the 1990s, passed away this past January in Sakai, Osaka. A dedicated federalist, peace and anti-nuclear activist, Akune was a strong advocate in Japan on behalf of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the […]

Global Problems Need Global Solution

pdf available Adapted from a speech by Keith Best, Presented at Uniting for Peace Spring Conference, April 2019, London We are living though an exciting period in history in terms of innovation, scientific and technological advance and an understanding of our world. And yet the dream of finding a way to live together in peace […]

“Modalities resolution” highlights UN2020 campaign

pdf available by Fergus Watt The adoption on 14 June 2019 by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution (A/RES/73/299) on “Commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations” marks a significant landmark for the UN2020 campaign. This “modalities resolution” sets out the organizational framework and practical arrangements for actions by various UN […]

Towards the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier The Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing in September 1995. At the conference, 189 governments agreed to the Beijing Platform for Action, a consensus document that addressed twelve critical areas to be addressed. These areas encompass poverty, education and training, health, violence against women, armed conflict, the […]

The women, peace and security agenda — and why it is important

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier The women, peace and security agenda has been developed through a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions that began with Resolution 1325 (2000).  Broadly put, the WPS agenda incorporations promotion and support for women’s active and meaningful participation in conflict-prevention and -resolution mechanism, including peace negotiations; human rights of […]

TakeAction: Building international justice

July 17th, the World Day for International Justice, marks the 21st anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently been faced with  a number of challenges, including threats from the United States government, questions surrounding some decisions, and the ongoing issue of the […]

Canada and peacekeeping update

pdf available As of the end of May 2019, there are 190 Canadian uniformed personnel currently deployed on United Nations peacekeeping missions. Currently, Canada’s largest single peacekeeping deployment is to MINUSMA, in Mali, with 165 personnel. This is scheduled to end July 31st, 2019. The Canadian defence department frequently states that the number deployed in […]

UN2020: Two steps forward …

Despite the polarization and stasis that characterizes so much of the present politics at the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres is betting that the 75th anniversary of the organization in 2020 will provide an opportunity for the international community to begin to address the “crisis in multilateralism,” and shape a more robust and effective organization.  On […]

Next issue of Mondial coming soon

The electronic version of the next issue of Mondial will be distributed very soon. You can sign up to receive the electronic version on the WFMC website.The paper version will be mailed at the same time.The latest issue include updates on the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect, COPLA, and the UN2020 Initiative, as well […]

Peacekeeping in Cyberspace?

WFM – Canada President Walter Dorn presented a paper on “Cyberpeacekeeping: New Ways to Prevent and Manage Cyberattacks” June 5 at the Vancouver (UBC) meetings of the Canadian Peace Research Association. There are a growing number of examples of cyberattacks in regions of tensions and armed conflict. The paper discusses the applicability of the principles of peacekeeping […]

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